Possible Scam?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Lokire, Nov 28, 2005.

  1. I'm selling a bass on bassgear (as well as here on talkbass) - nothing especially nice or expensive ($300), and got this e-mail today. Kinda sounds like the scams I hear about here, but it seems a bit different too, and I'm not sure. Aren't Cashier's checks fairly safe? Or is there something I'm not taking into consideration here? Here's the e-mail:

    Hello Seller,
    My name is FRANK LOOF .I saw the advert item you placed for sale .I really love it and can't wait to see more pictures of it if you get any and i will take care of the pick up. I would like to know the final asking price for it so that i will know how i'm going to pay for it.Also the condition of it.
    However,I'm not in the states at the moment.i was on business tour in europe,and i'm in Germany right now. I will handle shipment of it to my base in USA,I will like to know if you accept Cashier or traveller's check or money order as a method of payment as my associate in US will issue it out to your location.
    Let me know If you accept the payment method. I will like you to reply with me as soon as possible


    What do you think I should do with it?
  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
  3. Tell him you are happy to sell to him as long as you receive the money before hand.
  4. FireBug


    Sep 18, 2005
    Steer clear. There have been a few threads like this and the thing you need to keep in mind is to only sell in your homeland.
  5. piper2614


    Nov 17, 2004
    Happy Bottom
    ..i agree .. either delete it (hate to generalize all foreigners but generally a scam)or get the money up front and let it clear. another thing to be cautious of is if he tries to make the payable amount more than your asking price and wants you to pay him back the difference. or hey say that you prefer paypal . if he's got a good account and money in there should be no biggie. may cost you a % but your protected.

    take care
  6. i agree...it seems that since he capitalized his name, and it wasn't donald trump it is probably just a scammer's form letter...
  7. Yeah, I figured so. Thanks guys

    I sent him an e-mail saying that I'll only ship to a confirmed address with payment through Paypal ;)
  8. pickles

    pickles Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    That is sooooo funny, VIAAN BELLY just sent me that same exact email about a bass I have for sale :rollno:

    Seems like listing on a site other than this one is guarenteed scam spam. SELLER-be-very-ware.

    Don't even reply, that just confirms your email adress is valid.
  9. FireBug


    Sep 18, 2005
  10. rdnzl@comcast.n


    Oct 30, 2005
    Whats the big deal? If you get a money order from him, cash it. Then send the goods, or just keep the money and donate it to charity or something.

    :hyper: :bag:
  11. Dr. PhunkyPants

    Dr. PhunkyPants Guest

    Aug 11, 2002
    This is a Nigerian Scam. Not that only Nigerians do it now, but the technique originated there. In general, delete any email that:

    1. Does not pass your gut check for English grammer use
    2. Makes reference to an associate sending you a check
    3. Starts telling you some story about his financial dealings and history--it's irrelevant

    BTW--I dread the day those ****ers find TB
  12. pickles

    pickles Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    It'll be "supporting member buyers only" at that point :crying:
  13. Wademeister63


    Aug 30, 2004
    Denton Tx

    Don't do this!

    The shop where I work put some equipment up for auction last year and the winning bidder sent us a cashiers check. We were suspicious about it and a couple guys took it to the local check cashing place to ask if it was even valid or not. The guy said he'd check it out and a few minutes later the cops showed up ready to arrest our guys. I've heard of people cashing or depositing these checks at their bank and being prosecuted for fraud too.
  14. Come on! Frank Loof? That's the best you've got? ;)
  15. ------------------------

    Well that there just does it. It's obviously Legit :p

    :scowl: :spit: :rollno: :spit: :scowl: :spit: :rollno: :spit: :scowl: :spit: :rollno:
  16. greg


    Jun 1, 2004
    Wait isnt your name Leo?
  17. ...no :p

    Why would you say that? :meh:
  18. a3holerman


    Nov 21, 2002
    I had a similar scam on E-Bay some months ago. I was selling a turbine engine I had bought for a homebuilt helicopter. (Don't Ask) and was contacted by a woman in London. She had an agent that owed her money and would sent me a check for $8000 and for me to keep the $2300 for the engine and shipping and send her the rest. Well I did get a very nice looking cashiers check written on W. Va. bank. Couldnt understand why she was so upset when I told her I would not ship till the check cleared....It didn't...so I didn't.

    Cape Cod
  19. truckin88


    Oct 18, 2001
    Newburgh, NY
    happens on craigs list all the time, the english is usually choppy and attempts to be overlly polite, steer clear, even if they pay paypal
  20. richnota

    richnota Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2005
    hudson valley
    according to the scam warnings on craigslist, the bank will often "cash" the so-called cashiers check and when it fails to clear charge you back with penalties.

    I got an email from "Will Smith" recently about an item i was trying to sell locally--Didn't know he played bass;)

    Be careful.